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Some fear voter backlash if justices end health subsidies

This week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that challenges the legality of subsidies in more than 30 states.

Oregon considers banning most nonmedical immunization exemptions

If the bill passes, Oregon would allow exemptions solely for medical reasons, and no longer for religious or philosophical reasons.

Homeland funding challenge reveals GOP’s struggles

Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

Seattle driving down income disparity

The county transit system for the Seattle metropolitan area this week began pricing tickets based on passengers’ income.

Cellular tracking device sparks privacy concerns

The case against Tadrae McKenzie is emblematic of the growing use of a surveillance technology borrowed from the national security world for use by local law enforcement.

For Netanyahu, Obama, a showdown

The coming weeks will put the relationship between their countries, which otherwise remain stalwart allies, to one of its toughest tests.

On YouTube, drinking often depicted as safe

On YouTube, attractive people doing funny things predominate and ‘‘negative clinical outcomes’’ are seldom on display, according to a study.

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US, Cuba cite progress on restoring diplomatic ties

Diplomats spoke positively about fulfilling the promise to restore embassies in each other’s capitals.

North Korea sanctions bill passes hurdle in US House

The move comes as pressure grows for tougher action over Pyongyang’s nuclear program and alleged involvement in the Sony cyverattack.

Eight shot to death in Mo. rampage

A man who authorities say may have become mentally unbalanced by his mother’s death killed seven people and then took his own life.

GOP strategizes, aiming to learn from Obama campaign

With 2016 on the horizon, the GOP wants to get even, and is starting with some grass-roots education.

Administration circulates plans for possible Homeland Security shutdown

The Obama administration is circulating procedures for how the department will operate in the event of a midnight shutdown.

US agency limits water for Calif. farms

It will be the second year of no federal water for farmers in the region that grows much of the nation’s produce.

GOP delays vote on education law

House GOP leaders on Friday abruptly postponed a vote on a bill to update the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law.

Astronaut cleared for next spacewalk

US astronauts will venture back out this weekend, despite a helmet water leak on their previous trip outside the ISS.

Yoga guru faces sexual assault suits

Bikram Choudhury is facing lawsuits by six women who alleged that he sexually assaulted them.

Social media tributes to Leonard Nimoy

Following news of the death of Leonard Nimoy, celebrities and others sent heartfelt notes about the actor over social media.

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Will the threat of government shutdown ever end?

The yawning ideological gap between Democrats and Republicans plays a big role, but so does the gap between House and Senate.

Bill to fund Homeland Security fails as deadline looms

The House rejected a stopgap spending bill that would have averted a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin.

Gunman found dead after allegedly killing 7 in Missouri

The victims’ bodies were found in four different homes in Tyrone, in Texas County, about 40 miles from the Arkansas border.

Rand Paul calls Jeb Bush a hypocrite over marijuana use

In an interview with Katie Couric, Paul said Bush smoked marijuana recreationally in high school, but pushed against legalizing it for medical use.

US and media failed our son, James Foley’s parents say

The government — and the press — failed to do enough to save the life of James Foley, his parents said at a forum Thursday.

Obama plan seeks to ban bullets that can pierce armor

The move has enraged gun rights advocates and caused a run on the ammunition at gun shops across the country.

House bill could keep Homeland Security agency running

House Republicans offered a last-minute stopgap bill to fund the agency for another three weeks.

Autopsies differ on police shooting

An independent autopsy of a Mexican man killed by police in Washington state contradicted earlier statements from authorities.

Obama foundation hints at library’s likely Chicago site

The foundation developing Barack Obama’s future library has commissioned polling in Chicago to determine whether residents support building it.

Russia expanding cyber arsenal, US assessment says

The United States has elevated its appraisal of the cyberthreat from Russia, the US intelligence chief said Thursday.

911 dispatcher fired over comment

The dispatcher told a 13-year-old girl to ‘‘stop whining’’ as her father lay dying in a hit-and-run crash on a Maryland highway.

Saudi man convicted in embassy bombings

A man portrayed as one of Al Qaeda’s early leaders was convicted of conspiracy in the deadly 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa.

D.C., Congress in battle over marijuana

Republicans have threatened the mayor with prison and she has accused them of acting like bullies in a showdown over legal marijuana.

Three charged after captive flees in Calif.

Three men were arrested in the case of a woman who reported being held captive and sexually abused for almost two months, authorities said.

Senate panel backs attorney general nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general.

Ex-convict seeks return to prison

An Indiana man said he was desperate after losing his $11-an-hour job and the room at a Gary motel where he was living.

Man guilty of arranging wife’s killing

A New York City man was convicted Thursday of setting up the fatal shooting of his wife while the couple were on a walk with their.

Savile’s fame enabled abuse, report says

New reports into widespread sex abuse by the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile have found that victims’ complaints were ignored.

Llamas on the loose captured after running amok near Phoenix

The two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a retirement community and caused a stir on social media.

Men accused in Islamic State plot vocal about beliefs

The men were vocal online and in personal conversations about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, authorities say.

Senate panel approves Obama attorney general pick

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Loretta Lynch’s nomination, sending it to the full Senate.

Senate nears deal to keep Homeland Security funded

Lawmakers cleared the way for passage of legislation to fund the agency without provisions opposed by President Obama.

White House issues veto threat for education measure

The White House said it would veto a Republican bill to overhaul the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law.

3 NYC men held on charges of having ISIS ties

The arrests heightened concerns about the reach and threat of the Islamic State group.

White House, Netanyahu trade jabs over speech

The unusually public spat marked one of the lowest points in a relationship that has long bonded the two countries.

Homeless gay youths use ‘survival sex’ to live, study says

A federally funded study offers a look at the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender New York City youth who cope with homelessness and poverty.

Accord reached in Fla. tobacco lawsuit

A settlement was reached between three major tobacco companies and hundreds of people who sued them for smoking-related deaths and illnesses.

‘American Sniper’ jurors: Ex-Marine knew right from wrong

Jurors said Wednesday the man’s past behavior undermined his argument that he couldn’t tell right from wrong.

Vatican seeks to quell Mexican anger over pope’s drug remark

The Vatican sought Wednesday to defuse a diplomatic tiff with Mexico after Pope Francis referred to the possible “Mexicanization” of his native Argentina from drug trafficking, the latest instance of Francis’s casual speaking style getting him into trouble.

NYC cabbie suspended after pulling pregnant rider from taxi

Surveillance video shows the driver pulling up to a curb, getting out, and pulling Leslie Cooper from the car.

Police: Bus aide stole lunch money, food from preschoolers

Police in Millville say 33-year-old Rosa Rios was caught on a surveillance camera rummaging through students’ backpacks.

Lawyer: Trucker tried to drive off tracks, ran for his life

Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez accidentally drove onto the tracks and made the situation worse by continuing forward in an attempt to get enough speed to get over the rails.